Their Family Business: When Tom Hanks Is Busy, His Brother Steps In
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks is a busy man. In addition to his on-screen roles, Hanks has also had a successful career as a voice actor for animated films and documentaries. But what does he do when his schedule gets in the way of a voice gig? He simply passes the job off to his brother, he revealed in a 2011 interview with Graham Norton.
During the interview (below), Norton pulled the string on a Woody doll from the Toy Story movies and Tom Hanks confirmed that the voice coming from the toy was not him. "There are so many computer games and video things, and Jim ... he just works on those all year long," he said. Jim Hanks is nearly five years younger than 59-year-old Tom and began his acting career about a decade after his more famous brother. Since then, he has occasionally filled in for Tom and is listed as the voice actor for 25 episodes of the Toy Story Treats shorts series.
A similar tone of voice isn't all the siblings share. Jim Hanks also looks a lot like his older brother, which has helped him land a few jobs as a body double for Tom. According to a 2013 interview with Parade, Jim ran "a few hundred yards in slo-mo" in South Carolina and Montana as Tom's character in Forrest Gump, and he was also Tom's stunt double in 2011's Larry Crowne.
Check out the full interview below.
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